Granger High School banning backpacks
GRANGER, Wash. - Granger High School is no longer allowing students to have backpacks, purses or other school bags on school grounds.
According to a Facebook update, school officials announced Tuesday the policy on backpacks is changing permanently due to increased school violence in the Yakima Valley.
Students can still bring transparent grocery bags, laundry mesh bags or other transparent items to carry PE and sports clothes. The Facebook post noted any bags that could be used to conceal weapons, drugs or alcohol will be prohibited.
Students who do not adhere to these rules will be disciplined starting March 12, according to school leaders.
The only school supplies students are required to bring are their three-ring binders with notebook paper and writing supplies.
Additionally, high school doors will be locked until staff arrives at 7:30 a.m., according to the update.
Teachers and coaches who attend early morning practices will communicate with students regarding meeting times and procedures for entering the building.
GHS leaders understand this change is an inconvenience to students and the community, but says their main concern is maintaining a safe school environment.